Category Archives: Interview

Krewe Boheme Parade

Carnival is kicking into gear with a 4-parade weekend starting with Krewe Boheme. Now in its second year, the Bywater/Marigny/French Quarter walking parade is more romantic and beautiful than most. Established by artists, the krewe’s symbol is a green fairy – the nickname for absinthe, a super-intoxicating liqueur. My favorite of the marching clubs was the Merry Antoinettes with their towering, ringleted wigs and elaborate French 18th century, corseted gowns. Tank of the Grammy-nominated Tank and the Bangas served as Queen.

Looking forward to a weekend of festivity ending with my post-Oscar appearance on WGNO’s News With A Twist where we’ll be reacting to the results. Continue reading


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#KnowMonologues Challenge

Earlier this year, I did an interview with Nick Savides for his Baton Rouge-based nsavides Podcast exploring collaboration and local filmmaking. He approached me with an idea of how to reenergize actors disheartened by recent changes to our state’s tax incentive program. We called it the #KnowMonologues Challenge and hoped to get 30 or so submissions. We ended up with about 90 submissions! This morning, I was proud to announce our incredibly talented winners on WWLTV with the help of Eric Paulsen.  Continue reading

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Gravity A Closes Wednesdays at the Square

YLC’s Wednesday at the Square concert series came to a close with the eclectic sounds of Gravity A. I first heard Gravity A play in 2010. They were just finding their (bare) footing with a regular gig at Mid-City’s Banks Street Bar and a set at Bayou Boogaloo and I interviewed them for the Nola Defender. They were the first band I met here, the first band I ever interviewed, and some of the first people I got to know here through my cousin’s-stepson’s-best friend’s-exwife, the only person I knew in New Orleans when I moved here in 2009. But, she left the city and I haven’t heard Gravity A since.  Continue reading

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Glen David Andrews kicks off Armstrong Park Thursdays

The People United for Armstrong Park concert series began its 5th season with Treme’s own prince, Glen David Andrews. French Quarter Fest, the free 4 day local music and food extravaganza, just ended on Sunday. Days later, Billy Iuso and Honey Island Swamp Band played Wednesday at the Square, a free concert series. (I was stuck waiting on the Cox cable guys). And now, Thursdays in the Park are back – more booths of food, cocktails and crafts and more free music! Continue reading

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New Orleans Living Magazine

A number of blogs host “guest bloggers.” I haven’t tried it yet and honestly thought I’d rather be someone’s guest than turn my reigns over to someone else to post on my blog. That said, I just read an article and interview by Christine Fontana for New Orleans Living Magazine that nearly perfectly expresses my love for this city. As such, I’m reprinting the article with clickable links to some of the places and organizations I mention. Continue reading


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Restaurants, treats, bands, clubs/venues/bars, events/concerts/festivals, cool places and things, organizations/charities, the oil spill and about the author.

If you’d like to see the post in which the link appears, enter the title in the search tool on the right side of this screen.



Avenue Pub



Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Cafe du Monde

Camellia Grill

Checkpoint Charlie’s

Community Coffee


Court of Two Sisters

The Columns

Commander’s Palace

Crepes a la Carte


Deja Vu


Dot’s Diner



Golden Feather (Mardi Gras Indian restaurant)

Gott Gourmet

The Grocery, Inc.


The Joint (barbecue)

K. Paul’s

La Divina

Lakeview Harbor

Larsen’s Steak House, Los Angeles

Li’l Dizzy’s

Lost Love Lounge

Louisiana Pizza Kitchen

Love at First Bite

Lucy’s Retired surfer Bar

La Madeleine

Marigny Brasserie

Marmalade Cafe, Los Angeles

Mel’s Drive-in

Mia’s Balcony



Oceana Grill

The Original New Orleans Po-Boys

Palace Cafe



Praline Connection

Red Fish Grill




Royal House

Ruth’s Chris Steak House


Three Muses


the owner of Upperline being interviewed


Verti Marte


Abita Beer

Angelo Brocato’s

Buttermilk Drop Bakery

Café du Monde

La Divina

Meltdown Gourmet Popsicles

Plum Street Snoballs




101 Runners

Marcia Ball

Band of Horses

Uncle Lionel Batiste

Russell Batiste Jr.

Jeff Beck

Bucktown Allstars


Big Chief Monk Boudreaux

Marc Broussard

Grady Champion


Jon Cleary

Naydja CoJoe

Kevin Costner

Cowboy Mouth

Susan Cowsill

Chuck Credo IV

Creole String Beans

Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr.


Derrick Freeman


Good Enough for Good Times

Benny Grunch

Happy Jack Frequency

Happy Talk Band

Hot 8 Brass Band

Billy Iuso and the Restless Natives

Kirk Joseph’s 504 Brass Band’s-504-Brass-Band

B.B. King

Little Freddie King

Joe Krown

Colin Lake

Sonny Landreth

Los Po-Boy-Citos

Mark Adam Miller

Molly Ringwalds

The Neville Brothers

Anders Osborne

Papa Grows Funk

Partners N Crime

Nicholas Payton

Margie Perez

Margie Perez with Ensemble Fatien

Pinettes Brass Band, the world’s only female brass band

Sarah Quintana

Rebirth Brass Band

Jimmy Robinson

The Roots of Music

Kermit Ruffins

Irene Sage Band

Amanda Shaw

Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes

Rhonda Smith

Soul Rebels Brass Band

Stooges Brass Band

Irma Thomas

To Be Continued Brass Band (TBC)


Toubab Krewe

Allen Toussaint

Treme Brass Band

Trombone Shorty

Vintage Trouble

Walter “Wolfman” Washington



Candlelight Lounge

Checkpoint Charlie’s

Chris Owens

The Columns



Deja Vu

Famous Door

House of Blues

Johnny White’s

Lost Love Lounge

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar

Mid-City Rock n Bowl

Mother in Law’s Lounge


Pat O’ Brien’s


Rendezvous Tavern


Sweet Lorraine’s Jazz Club



(New Orleans) Beatles Festival

Congo Square Rhythms Festival

Essence Fest

Fiesta Latina

French Quarter Fest

Harvest the Music

Hogs for the Cause

Jazz Fest

Lady Fest

Louisiana International Film Festival

Mardi Gras

New Orleans Oyster Fest

Po-Boy Fest

NOLA Pyrate Week

Oyster Jubilee

Roadfood Festival

Southern Decadence

Spring Fiesta

Vieux To Do

Wednesday at the Square

Tennessee Williams Festival

Shopping and “Making Groceries”

Berry Town Produce

Bon Castor

Bourbon French Parfums

Covey Rise Farm

Fleur de Paris (hat and dress shop)

Fleurty Girl

Forever New Orleans

The French Market

Garden District Book Shop

George’s Farmers’ Market

Goorin Bros (hat store)

Greg’s Antiques

To buy music recorded at Jazz Fest:

Kaia Martin-Paternoster – preteen painter


Mayan Import Tobacco Shop

On the Other Hand Consignment Shop

Photoworks – Louis Sahuc Gallery

Rockmore Gallery

Roux Royale

Royal Treasures

Sabai Jewelry

Signs by Dr. Bob

Signs by Simon:

Trashy Diva Dress Shop

Products by Laura Cayouette

Know Small Parts: An Actor’s Guide to Turning Minutes into Moments and Moments into a Career by Laura Cayouette. Foreword by Richard Dreyfuss.

How to Be a Widow: A Journey from Grief to Growth by Norma Dupont. Introduction, epilogue and editing by Laura Cayouette.

LA to NOLA Store (NOLA-centric t-shirts, greeting cards, gifts)


Cool People, Places and Things

Beasts of the Southern Wild – the movie

Belladonna Day Spa

Dr. Boogie hair pieces

City Park

Court 13 (independent filmmaking collective)

Django Unchained – (Quentin Tarantino movie)

The Duchess Bed and Breakfast

Jeff “The Dude” Dowd

Finding Jacob, short film


Hotel Storyville

Lafayette Cemetery

Louisiana State Museum

Mahalia Jackson Theatre

Morgus the Magnificent

Muggivan School of Irish Dance

New Orleans Musician’s Clinic

NOLA Defender

Oak Alley Plantation

Patio Planters of the Vieux Carré, a beautification organization.

Prytania Movie Theatre

St. Louis Cathedral

Stand Up and Get Crunk

Tchoupitoulas – the movie

The Theatres at Canal Place

Traffic Tranny

Under the Sea Indoor Playground, Los Angeles

The VooDoo Museum

Woldenberg Park

The Zoo



Celtic Highlanders

Class Got Brass

Daughters of Lir

Dredge Baby Dredge

Heal to Toe, teaching kids about second line

The Honeybees

Horizon Relief


Lady Buckjumpers

New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic

My Darlin’ New Orleans

The Pickens Plan

Raintree Children and Family Services (serving special needs children as well as foster child and adoption services)

Rebuilding Together

Red Dress Run

Roots of Music

Saint Patrick’s Day club

The Super Bowl Champion Saints:


Save Charity Hospital

Second Harvest

Silence is Violence

Open letter to Miami in preparation for the Super Bowl

Sweet Home New Orleans

Team Gleason

Threadhead Records

HBO’s Treme

Radio Station WWOZ

Young Leadership Council

Oil Spill

CNN June 2nd

Dredge Baby Dredge

Horizon Relief

Largest Oil Spills

List of Oil Spills

National Geographic, “Oil Not Degrading”

Oil Spill Action blog

Oil Spill photos

University of Georgia findings

And… stupid things said in response to Katrina

About the Author

Author’s website

Author’s IMDB page

Author’s Wikipedia page

Author’s facebook fan page

Author’s bio at NOLA Defender


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Irma Thomas, Khris Royal and DJ’ing on WWOZ

It’s impossible to attend all of the free music, festivals and cultural events in New Orleans, but I do what I can. This week, I got to D.J. at WWOZ, attend an Irma Thomas & the Professionals with Khris Royal & Dark Matter concert and watch a documentary on the Red Bull Street Kings battle-of-the-bands in 2010. Inspired by finally finding my pick for the new Saints touchdown theme song, Black and Gold, I called Jonny Ray of the New Orleans Movie Tours who has a regular time slot on WWOZ and asked if I could give the song it’s radio debut. I invited Phat Word, one of the masterminds behind Black and Gold and we spent the evening talking about everything from the definition of Jazz to behind-the-scenes stories of Django Unchained and Kill Bill. Continue reading

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Saints Soundtrack – My Pick

I’ve been searching for a new Saints anthem to replace the Ying Yang Twins Halftime (Stand Up and Get Crunk) since pre-season when it became obvious the rumors were true – getting Crunk is on its way out at the Superdome. I scoured the web for a song as inspirational to fans and the team (and as menacing for the opposition) as Halftime. I wanted the song to be by locals and have horns, Who Dats, a universal dance beat and something to chant. After presenting over a dozen options in my posts Saints Soundtrack and Saints Soundtrack Vol. 2, I have found my very clear winner. Continue reading


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Glen David Andrews Speaks – my first LAtoNOLA interview

In 2010, I did a series of interviews for NOLA Defender speaking with Richard Dreyfuss, Jeff “the Dude” Dowd (inspiration for The Big Lebowski character) and local band Gravity A, but it never occurred to me to an interview for this blog. Actually, the idea to start came from NOLA musician and spectacular showman Glen David Andrews who made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. The Andrews family is one of several musical legacy families in New Orleans and includes many of my favorites like Andrews’ Grammy winning brother Derrick Tabb (Rebirth Brass Band and founder of The Roots of Music) and their cousin Trombone Shorty. As the streets flooded and tornado warnings dinged on our phones, we met this week to talk about Andrews’ family, his city and his addiction and recovery. Continue reading

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